Spring in the Smallholding

In the protection of the polytunnels the overwintered peas have been providing wonderful pea shoots and flowers for garnish for much of the spring. The peas are now being used in the kitchen and the fresh pea sugar snap is giving us a tantalising foretaste of the delicious summer harvests ahead.

Also in the polytunnels overwintered carrots are being harvested as an early season treat for guests. After these overwintered crops are harvested we plant out our exotics – tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and cucumbers. Alongside these summer classics we have some ‘experimental’ crops which we don’t usually grow in the tunnels due to lack of space. However with our new tunnel we are hoping to grow more salads and herbs for the summer’s wedding breakfasts.

Outside we have some green garlic ready to harvest and are planting out huge amounts of cabbages, broccoli, courgettes, beans, carrots, chard, beetroot which will mean we should have a fantastic succession of gourmet goodies throughout the summer and autumn.

The formal kitchen garden is bursting into life with the artichokes, cordons and sea kale all looking spectacular.

The fruit cage is looking well with the new strawberries, cranberries and blueberries establishing beautifully.

In the farm yard we have a new litter of super cute pigs and some gorgeously cuddly lambs which are capturing the hearts of all our guests.